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  1. Make find and replace work in charts for easier formula editing

    Find and replace should work with charts too, both with text shapes and with the series' formulas. This is a major time saver for editing many series' at once.

    Jon Peltier made an addin that implements this: http://peltiertech.com/change-series-formula-improved-routines/.

    7 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

      Thanks,
      Scott [MSFT]

    • Expose more related charting objects in VBA (a points' values, range, series, etc)

      It is not possible to access a point's values or range from VBA. We have to parse the point's name (S3P14), the go to the third series' 14th cell in the x values range to access the points' value or range.

      It is also not possible to access a series' legend entry as a property from VBA.

      There are many examples of this kind of "incompleteness" of the VBA charting object model. It would be great if these related objects could be exposed, to simplify code.

      8 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thanks for the feedback. We’ll consider this for a future release. Please continue to vote on this feature request which will increase its likelihood of getting in the product.

        Could you further comment on the other areas which you feel are incomplete?

        Thanks,
        Scott [MSFT]

      • Tables with rows as the headers

        Tables are really great for managing data. Sometime It would be useful if the table could have the rows as the header rather than the columns. e.g. a regular excel table but transposed.

        3 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Cell tag

          It would be good to have Cell Tags, invisible tags which are assigned a colour so that when you click on a cell it fires an event and you can perform a function like drill down to a page, view a subset etc any event really.

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            0 comments  ·  Formatting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Really badly need "Total Editing Time" as a property.

            It would be very helpful if Excel could record the total editing time spent working on a spreadsheet. Or if Excel could better still, automatically log each time period spent editing a spreadsheet. Helps when billing customers and giving volunteer hours as I do a lot with Excel.

            2 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Opening and Saving Files  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • When making a copy of a tab let me choose how many copies I want

              When I right click on a tab and choose the "Move or Copy..." option, then check the box to "Create a copy" it would be nice if the was an area underneath the check box to enter the number of copies that I want. Then I wouldn't have to do this ten times if I want ten copies of a sheet.

              3 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Track affected cells

                Have a tool that allows you to see what cells (or ranges) are changed when a given cell is altered - i.e., the entire dependency tree rooted at that cell. It is much easier than trying to manually do trace precedents etc.

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                  0 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Have cursor default to Search cell in Filters.

                  Using Filters is a two step process. Click on the Filter dropdown arrow and then selecting the type of filter desired, i.e. Search or Custom. I find that a vast majority of my filter needs use just the search function so having the cursor default to the search cell would allow me to click just once prior to typing the search criteria's vs. twice. Users desiring to use the other filter features would still by required to click a second time for their desired function and since this is no different from the current number of clicks, no harm, no…

                  3 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fix filter annoyances

                    1) Bug: when panes are frozen, in the moment when filter is applied the sheet is being violently scrolled horizontally in a random direction, hiding the active column.
                    Please do not scroll on filter application.

                    2) Missing functionality: The filter popup list can be re-sized to show more or wider items. Unfortunately the size of the popup is not remembered on the next pop.

                    Many thanks!

                    4 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Tables, Sorting and Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Let Smart Lookup query against Sharepoint or other data sources

                      Right now it is limited to Bing, but I'd like to be able to have it query other data sources.

                      This was an idea that came out of the Excel User Group Meetup.

                      1 vote
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                        0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support natural language as a way to interact with workbooks

                        It could be something like "show me the highest grossing month last year" and maybe have Excel filter a table.

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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Go to Pivot table name

                          If I give an Excel-table a name, then I can use the Go-To function to find it. Why can’t I find named Pivot tables in the same list?

                          4 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Pivot Table Calculated Item

                            It is observed that the pivot "calculated item" feature has two serious drawbacks:
                            (1) The calculation takes a long, long time compared to "calculated field" feature.
                            (2) The calculated numbers generated via "calculated item" on the pivot table can be altered or defaced which does not happen when "calculated field" feature is used.
                            The above drawbacks render the use of "calculated item" in pivots unusable. Can we address these?

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  PivotTables and Power Pivot  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Fix scrollbars in Excel 2013 for large files

                              Enabling filtering on two columns of a worksheet with around 15 columns and about 450,000 rows causes the scroll bar to break. The scroll bar reduces in size to the filtered range but it cannot be used to scroll to the bottom of the worksheet. The only way to get to the bottom is to click in a cell and arrow down or use page down. This makes it very difficult to select the desired range since page down moves the currently selected cell preventing a shift-click from adding cells off-screen to the selection. If I can open a csv…

                              1 vote
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                                0 comments  ·  Viewing / Navigating Workbooks  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Stabilize ActiveX Controls

                                ActiveX controls aren't stable--for example, they get moved to a different part of the screen after hiding then unhiding a row, or the control gets larger and the caption gets smaller every time you click it. I shouldn't have to write a macro to put my controls back in their proper places--they should just stay where I put them to begin with!

                                6 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Arrays as source data for Data Validation, Pivottables or Sparklines

                                  It would be nice if more of the user commands in the Excel object model allowed arrays in addition to cell references as inputs. We could then set a user defined function (vba or xll) as source in these situations which updates dynamically.

                                  We can already enter arbitrary arrays in charts and names from VBA, but other functionality such as data validation, pivottable source data and sparklines only allow range inputs which necessitates use of hidden sheets and dynamic references.

                                  5 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Charting, Mapping and Visualizations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • find replace Text Box

                                    I would love to find and replace text on Text box. When I need to replace text I have to go to every single text box to it.
                                    I wonder if if possible to include a "tick" box under the Replacement pop-up window to do this.

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                                      0 comments  ·  Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Allow Edit of the Macro Button

                                      Allow users to edit the Macro Button (like we could in an older version of Excel) for custom macros in the Quick Access Toolbar. Currently, we can select from ~180 images but it was so much nicer when you could go in and 'draw' your own button.

                                      4 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Macros and Add-ins  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Excel: Achsenbeschriftung bei logarithmischer Skalierung (German)

                                        Excel: Achsenbeschriftung bei logarithmischer Skalierung

                                        Logarithmische Aachen lassen sich im X-Y-Diagramm von Excel 2010 und 2013 durch die Eingabe eines festen Minimum und Maximumwertes unter den Achsenoptionen frei skalieren. Die Festlegung eines Haupt- oder Hilfsintervalls bleibt ohne Wirkung, da Ziffern an logarithmisch skalierten Aachen (zur Basis 10) nur an den Hauptgitternetzlinien in Dekaden (1; 10; 100; …) angezeigt werden (Bild 1).

                                        Die Darstellung von Ziffern an den Achsen innerhalb einer Dekade (z.B. X = 200; 300; 400; 500; 600) gelingt nicht. Liegen z.B. Messwerte bei X = 200; 300; 400; 500; 600 vor und wird die Skalierung der X-Achse entsprechend…

                                        2 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Need a "DELETE" function to work in a formula to automatically delete rows when a certain value exists in a cell

                                          I have seen, over the years, NON-automatic methods for this.

                                          I am asking if MS will please develop a new FUNCTION called 'DELETE ROW' that can and will AUTOMATICALLY delete a certain range of rows, if another cell contains a particular value or character.

                                          Everything I have seen that seems to suggest this functionality won't do it.

                                          And myself and about 98% of MS Excel Users no nothing about VBA (if that's the internal complex programmer's language). I am looking for an honest to goodness automatic Delete Row FUNCTION that will delete rows specified in a formula by itself, if…

                                          5 votes
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                                            3 comments  ·  Formulas and Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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